Cybercrime and Cyber Security

Cybersecurity: improving European industry

Dear colleagues,

I would like to welcome you at the second panel that will discuss the cybersecurity challenges with a special focus on how to improve European industry and prepare for these challenges.

I do not think that anyone question that we have to do more in this area. NIS Directive is being implemented as we speak but I think all of us are thinking now what we could do more, whether this is enough.

We are talking about strenghtening the cyber resilience, prepare better from the point of view of public and private sector, together, in cooperation of both.

I believe that we need to focus on the good implementation of the NIS Directive, so that we have a harmonised approach in the EU. We need to further working on the public-private partnership, we should consider broadening its scope, go beyond the research.

But this will still not be enough. As we all know trust is a key component here but it cannot be achieved without everyone doing their part.

We should think about strenghtening assistance and coordination from the EU level, especially in view of the new mandate for ENISA.

On the other hand, companies shall also take a responsibility and assess their cyberrisk, prepare for possible threats. Such risk assessment will help them to see their vulnerabilities and protect them.

Another point I have is on the awareness, education and cyber hygiene. A lot of the attacks that are happening now are still based on the fact that someone will click on the link that is attached to the malicious software. I think we should teach cybersecurity to children from the very early stage. So as they know now to wash their hands, they will know not to click on the suspicious link or open an attachment, they will change their passwords regularly etc. I think it should be part of the school curricula from the primary school already.

But let´s hear from our distinguished guests. Today, we will hear more about the Commission targeted approach to the cybersecurity, with us Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity in the European Commission.

As a second speaker, we welcome Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General of the European Cyber Security Organization that is managing public-private partnership on cybersecurity.

Later on, we will talk more about cybersecurity in the energy sector with Vytautas Butrimas, suject matter expert in the Nato Energy Security Center of Excellence and Member of National Communications Regulatory Authority Council.

And we finish our presentations with the cybersecurity industry perspective, Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director, Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan and Global Advisor on Critical Infrastructure and Privacy of Symantec.